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Press Release: One of the nationís biggest Merino catalogues tops at $10,000 for Pooginook


October 3, 2012

A dry spring outlook and softening wool market failed to dampen one of Australia’s biggest single vendor Merino ram auctions at Riverina stud Pooginook, with buyers paying to a top of $10,000.

Wool growers from five states bid on the draft of 247 horned and polled, June 2011 drop Merino rams, which were all presented with Australian Sheep Breeding Values.
Hosted on-property at Jerilderie on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, the sale saw 244 rams sold for an average of $1699.

The number of poll rams catalogued increased from 40 in 2011 to 58 in 2012, with a corresponding rise in the average price from $1620 in 2011 to $2003 in 2012.
The horned offering of 186 rams averaged $1604.

Repeat clients Jock and Jenny Clapin, Ballochmyle Grazing Company, Cranbrook, Western Australia, paid the top price of $10,000 for the opening lot.

Selected by stud classer David Taylor, the horned, 20.2 micron ram had a coefficient of variation of 16.3, standard deviation of 3.3, comfort factor of 99.1 per cent and dual purpose index of 156.5.

Mr Taylor said the Clapin family has been using Pooginook Merino rams for two decades and runs 16,000 Merino ewes.

“They needed a quality ram and he was the one that took my eye,’’ he said.
“He had a lot of bulk, thickness, length of body and very good figures.’’

Western Australian Merino producers were well represented at the sale, with Mr Taylor buying 60 rams for seven clients.

Clients of Pooginook for more than 60 years, the Palmer family, from Kojonup, West Australia, travelled to the sale to buy six rams to a top of $1800 for their 1800 Merino ewe flock.

Before the sale, the stud’s 75th anniversary was marked with a display of stud sires, ewes and historical memorabilia, as well as a cake cutting by David Taylor.

Pooginook management plans to join 6000 stud ewes this year, including up to 2500 polls.

Landmark stud stock auctioneer Kevin Norris said the draft of sale rams was consistently larger and more evenly covered.

“The poll draft was excellent.  It will solidify the Pooginook brand at the top of Riverina breeding circles,’’ Mr Norris said.

Pooginook stud manager John Sutherland was thrilled with the overall sale clearance and average.

“Our clients were able to purchase the quality of sheep they wanted within their budgets,’’ Mr Sutherland said.

“We were delighted to receive continued support from clients across all states of Australia.

“As one of the biggest Merino ram sales in Australia, this support was a reflection of increased demand.’’

Among the major buyers were David and Rob Piefke, from “Edaville”, Quandialla, NSW, who purchased 14 rams to a top of $1600.

Rob Piefke said the rams were selected for their Merino production and staple strength index figures to increase fleece weight in their 2400 Merino ewe flock.

Bruce Perry from Bears Lagoon, Victoria, bought eight horned rams to a top of $2600 while repeat Pooginook client Kym Mosey from Twin Creek Pastoral, Kapunda, South Australia, was chasing early vigour in six polled rams to a top of $4000.

“It was a good draft of rams which sold well to the end,’’ Mr Mosey said.

Adrian Flint from Fox & Lillie Rural, Finley, bought Poll and Merino rams for clients Greg Holmberg from Elmore; Dustin Pascoe from Raywood; Eric McKenzie from Cootamundra, and Pickersgill Bros from Goolgowi.

“It was a good, solid sale for such a big number of rams,’’ Mr Flint said.

-Kim Woods


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